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The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday September 28, 1992 Page 1
Frequently in blowouts, the score is not indicative of
the game. This was not true in Michigan's 61-7 thrash-
ing of Houston Saturday. The Wolverines dominated
every aspect of the game from start to finish. Michigan
has often beaten teams with its size, strength or depth.
"As far as overall talent and size, Michigan is much
better than Miami," Houston linebacker Ryan McCoy
said. That Hurricane team defeated the Cougars, 40-10,
last season en route to a share of the national title.
But Saturday there was an-
other key ingredient - speed.
Josh This sure is a far cry from last
Dubow year at this time. After the third
game of the season, nobody was
mentioning Michigan with the
country's elite teams. Florida
State had just left Ann Arbor af-
ter running past the Wolverines,
51-31. People were saying Mich-
igan did not have the speed and
quickness to compete with teams
like Miami and Florida State.
Don't tell that to the Cougars.
"When you're watching on
film, you don't know how fast
they are, how strong they are and how hard they hit,"
Houston quarterback Jimmy Klingler said. "They really
surprised us with that. We were shocked with their
speed and quickness."
Sound familiar? The Wolverines were saying similar
things about the Seminoles a year ago. They said those
same things after last year's Rose Bowl loss to
Washington. So coach Gary Moeller spent the offseason
trying to increase his team's speed. Now Michigan's
speed is the envy of its opponents.
This places Michigan in a different spot. Last year,
the Wolverines were good enough to dominate the Big
Ten, but when they left the conference to play top
teams, they faltered. They did not have the speed and
See SPEED, Page 4
by Albert Lin
Daily Football Writer
The Houston Cougars brought
their highly-touted run-and-shoot
offense to Ann Arbor Saturday
searching for consistency, if that is
indeed possible to achieve under
Houston roared to a 31-13 victory
last week over Illinois, and now
faced another of the Illini's Big Ten
brethren. Which Cougar team would
show up - the one that steamrolled
Illinois, or the one that struggled
much of last season to a 4-7 record?
The fireworks started early in
Saturday's matchup - just about as
early as possible, in fact. But it was-
n't Houston's potentially high-pow-
ered attack that set them off. Instead,
it was a Michigan team that picked
apart the Houston defense for nine
touchdowns, rolling to a 61-7 vic-
"I really don't know how this
whole thing unfolded," a beaming
coach Gary Moeller said afterwards.
"There are so many (big) plays you
can go back to."
The Wolverines (2-0-1 overall)
continued to display their new at-
tacking defense, holding the Cougars
to 276 total yards and coming up
big, especially when it counted.
Houston (2-1) converted only three
See MICHIGAN, Page 5
Celebrating the domination of Houston's offense was the order of day for cornerback Alfie Burch and the rest of the
Michigan defense. The Cougars did not convert a third-down attempt until their touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.
Women golfers awaken to salvage fifth place at invitational
by Jaeson Rosenfeld Wolverines' dismal first-round score by six sophomore blazed through the back nine 648 left them well below the top-three finish Good, including her first career hole-i
EAST LANSING - It took a pair of hot strokes, and improved the team's overall with a 38, including a 30-foot chip-in for par which the team had hoped for. on the par-3 eighth hole.
putters to revive the women's golf team.
Shannon McDonald and Jenny Zimmerman
* got their putters going in the second round,
and helped the Wolverines salvage a fifth-
place finish in the Spartan Invitational. Ad-
ditional fireworks were provided by senior
co-captain Tricia Good, who scored a hole-
in-one during the first round.
"Considering the conditions, they did a
great job," Michigan coach Sue LeClair said.
Her team registered a second-day total of
321 on the wind-ridden Forest Akers East
* Course. The second-round total bettered the
standing from eighth to fifth. Ohio State
finished first with a total of 632.
Leading the way in the second round was
McDonald with a 78.
"I putted very well today," said
McDonald, who sank a slew of medium
range putts and had a total of 33 putts on the
day. For the second-straight tournament the
freshman led the team in overall scoring
with a two-day total of 159.
Teammate Zimmerman also got her short
game going in the second round on the way
to a 79 and a two-day total of 164. The
on the par-five 16th hole.
"I'm happy with the way I chipped and
putted," Zimmerman said after a round with
only 29 putts. "Last week I couldn't get any-
thing up and down, this week I did."
The second round also included an 81 by
senior Wendy Bigler and an 83 by Good.
"Wendy didn't play as well as I know she
can," LeClair said. "But even though she
didn't hit the ball well, she managed an 81."
Though the Wolverines did surge ahead
of Purdue, Illinois State and Bowling Green
in the second round, their two-day total of
"We really needed more rounds under 80
the first day," LeClair said. For the second
straight week, the Wolverines came out of
the gates slow and had to play catch-up.
LeClair cited the rainy weather and the late
start as factors "that lowered team morale"
on the first day, but noted that all teams were
faced with the same conditions.
"The kids just need to get used to shoot-
ing low scores," LeClair said. "They need to
learn how to win."
First-day highlights included a 78 by
"I hit the ball good. I saw it bounce, and I
thought it rolled past," Good said. The ball
actually rolled over a ridge and into the hole,
and the ace helped bolster her score and her
confidence as her 161 total was second on
"I was happy with my play this
weekend," Goad said. "I got my confidence
back. I'm putting a lot better."
The Wolverines will
next weekend to play
State's Scarlet Course.
travel to Columbus
54 holes on Ohio
'M' spikers bounce
Stickers sweep rivals
in first Big Ten series
by Rich Mitvalsky
and Scott Burton
Daily Sports Writers
Encouraged by aggressive front-
line play, Michigan's women's vol-
leyball team defeated Indiana and
Purdue in home matches this week-
end. The Wolverines displayed both
resilience and dominance , as they
returned from a two-game deficit
against the Hoosiers, and swept the
Boilermakers in three consecutive
games to capture their opening con-
* ference contests.
Indiana opened the first set with
six unanswered points, and jumped
to a 9-3 lead. Although the Wol-
verines recovered from multiple
service errors, evening the score at
13, Indiana recaptured momentum
when Hoosier standout Jill Kerk-
hoff's ace gave the Hoosiers a 14-13
lead. Indiana then claimed the first
game when Michigan junior JoAnna
Collias' spike careened into the net.
While Michigan kept close to
points so we wouldn't have to come
"I told them to look in the mirror
and remember who they are,"
Michigan first-year coach Greg
Giovanazzi said. "I think you could
see in the last three games that our
skill, strength, and speed were supe-
Unlike the first two sets, the
Wolverines jumped out to a 5-1 lead,
and never relinquished command.
Behind two consecutive kills by
Horrigan, Michigan took an 11-4
lead, and subsequently captured the
next four points. An additional
Horrigan kill gave the Wolverines.
the third set.
Michigan carried the momentum
of the third set into the fourth, as
Fiona Davidson set the pace for the
Wolverines. Davidson, a junior,
opened the game with two early
kills, putting the Wolverines up, 3-1.
Michigan went on to win the fourth
by Brett Johnson
Rivalries are the essence of
sports, and when a team plays an
archrival, it is always an exciting
weekend. However, .when a team
encounters its two biggest rivals on
the same weekend, it becomes even
more important. This is what hap-
pened to the Michigan field hockey
team this weekend.
The Wolverines traveled to
Columbus to take on Ohio State and
Michigan State in their first Big Ten
test. Michigan coach Patti Smith said
prior to the weekend series that the
Big Ten season was a new start and
that the execution had to be faster,
stronger and quicker. The team
earned straight A's as they swept the
weekend set, defeating the Spartans,
4-0, and the Buckeyes, 2-1. With the
sweep, Michigan improved to 5-1
overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten.
In the first game Saturday, the
Wolverines scored twice in the first
period and twice in the second en
goal of the season. The defense also
was impressive as Michigan backup
goalie Rachael Geisthardt only had
to make one save in the first half.
The second period was much of
the same as Thomas scored her sec-
ond goal of the game, her team-
leading seventh on the season. The
scoring was rounded out by a Shay
Perry goal. Regular starting keeper
Nicole Hoover played the second
half and made four saves to com-
plete the shutout.
Sunday, the Wolverines faced
Ohio State and the 15th-ranked
Buckeyes were trying to win their
fifth matchup of the season.
Michigan got off to a quick start
when Keely Libby put the ball past
all-American candidate Sue Wilson
with 23:40 left in the first half. The
Wolverines added the game-winner
early in the second stanza when
freshman Aaleya Koreishi beat
Wilson off a Thomas pass.